Peru Bird Manu National Park .
Manu has always been close to the Neotropical Bird Club’s heart, forming the destination for our first-ever Club tour in 1997. More than a decade on, who better to help us explore the ‘new’ Manu than the leader of that seminal trip who had already been birding Manu for 15 years—and who will also co-lead the Club’s forthcoming tour to Guyana?
Peru stands at the top of many an international birder’s agenda. Complex patterns of biogeography and topography have blessed the country with some of the world’s greatest avian diversity and density. Approximately 1,700–1,750 bird species are known to occur in Peru; 45% of all Neotropical birds and 18% of the world’s avifauna! Only Colombia and Brazil have (slightly) greater avian diversity. Many species new to science have been discovered recently in Peru (including from the Manu region upon which I focus this article), some of which await formal description. Moreover, unlike some other top‑ranking Neotropical birding destinations, Peru retains extensive tracts of little‑disturbed habitat. Throw into the mix Peru’s rich history and culture, and the country becomes unmissable.
Little wonder that virtually all well‑known bird tour companies have Peru on their menu of birding holidays.
EXPLORE MANU CULTURAL ZONE: Cloud forest & Parrot clay lick at upper Manu rainforest.
Peru Bird Manu National Park 4 days
Peru Bird Day 01: Cusco to Paradise Lodge (Lower Manu-cloud forest 1400m) .
Today we will leave early, first driving through scenic intermontane valleys. We will make selected stops for the Lupacas Pre-Inca cemetery and Paucartambo village. Reaching a high mountain pass at Ajanaco, we will begin our journey into a vast intact wilderness area as we descend along the sinuous road that will take us to the Manu foothills. Along the extraordinary altitudinal transect that this remarkable road represents, new wildlife species continually appear whilst others drop out. Initially, the steep Andean slopes are clad in stunted forest, temperate shrubbery and wet paramo, and here we may well encounter such high-elevation species as Mountain Caracara, Shining Sunbeam and Moustached Flower-piercers. A little lower down, where the magnificent cloudforests begin, we shall look out for the beautiful Orchids and the famous Andean cock-of-the-Rock at the Lek, proclaimed as PeruÂ´s national bird. With a little luck we will see a Woolly Monkey and Brown capuchin Monkeys. We will stay for one night at the Paradise Lodge. Optional night walk in Lower Manu-cloudforest. L:D.
Peru Bird Day 02: Paradise Lodge to Amazonia Lodge 500m(1,750 feet) .
After a final morning in the cloudforests we will descend further down the Manu road to the comfortable Amazonia Lodge with one lake which are easy to see the White Caiman and Smooth-fronted Caiman, plenty of trails and canopy tower. Today we will visit a Coca farm, Orchid Garden and with a modicum of luck we will find a Military and Blue-headed Macaws. Later we will cross the Alto Madre de Dios river to Amazonia Lodge. Our base for the next two nights stay, with optional night walks. B:L:D.
Peru Bird Day 03: Parrot Clay Lick & Machuwasi Lake .
Early start to visit the small Parrot and Macaw Clay Lick, 25 minutes downriver along the Madre de Dios river bank. We will see Chestnut-Fronted Macaw, Blue-Headed Macaw, Dusky-Headed Parakeet, White-Eyed Parakeet, Blue-Headed Parrot and Yellow-Crowned Parrot. Parrots & Macaws are known to ingest clay because of its negative charge, binds potential toxins such as alkaloids and phenolics, it has been thought to prevent diarrhea, help treat intestinal parasites and supply vital minerals, parrots & macaws feed on plant material, particularly seeds and fruits, vegetation that is poor in sodium content. Clay lick soil had sodium concentrations the reason why parrots & macaws seek out specific clay licks. Then we will board our motorized canoe that we will take us to Machuwasi Lake. We will explore the lake for Hoatzins, Tanagers, Oropendolas and Horned Screamer and more. Night at Amazonia Lodge, with a optional night walk. B:L:D.
Not far from the lodge is a Macaw & Parrot Clay Lick visited by raucous groups of Blue-headed Macaws in the early morning.
Peru Bird Day 04: Amazonia Lodge – Back to Atalaya and Cusco .
After breakfast, we will board a motor boat and ride for 10 minutes to visit the parrot and macaw clay lick, which is an unforgettable experience! After this activity, we will return to the lodge to eat breakfast. Then we will re-board our boat to start our return trip. Our first stop will be in Port Atalaya, where our private vehicle will await us to take us back to Cusco, where we will arrive between 7 and 7:30 pm.
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
INCLUDED IN PERU BIRD MANU NATIONAL PARK 4 days:
- Transportation bus and boat
- Hotel or lodge
- 3 food for day
- mineral water
- bird list
- specialist bird Guide
NOT INCLUDING IN THE PERU BIRD MANU PARK 4 days:
- Rain poncho
- Insect Repellent
- Flight tickets or train tickets and tickets visit to Machu Picchu
- extra drinks , beer wine, juice , or soda
- rubber Boots
- sun block
RECOMMEND TO BRING TO AMAZON FIELD PERU MANU:
- Binoculars , cameras
- Dark clothes for birding .
- Extra clothes for change , sandak, shirt, pants, jacket.
- Long sleeve , Umbrella , rain jacket, Little Bagpack, hat , sun block , insect repellent
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